Sharks captain Keegan Daniel has been named to start for the Springboks for the first time on Saturday, when he wears the number 8 jersey against Argentina.
Daniel comes in for the injured Pierre Spies in a Springbok pack that, for the first time in ten years, contains not a single Bulls representative. In fact, in a scary coincidence, the last time that a Bok side featured no Bulls in the starting pack was exactly ten years ago this Friday! Daniel completes and all-Sharks back row with flankers Marcell Coetzee and Willem Alberts and will be the sixth Shark in the starting pack, with the front-row unit of Beast Mtawarira and the du Plessis brothers also retained.
The Stormers’ Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth will play together in the second row for the first time at Test level.
Amongst the backs, changes have come at wing and fullback, where Lwazi Mvovo will start his fifth test at wing and Zane Kirchner in the last line of defence. Two Michaelhouse boys, ironically both named Pat, will be on the bench, with Pat Cilliers set to become that school’s second-ever test Springbok if he makes it onto the field. Namesake Lambie has 13 test appearances to his credit, but will be alongside another potential debutant, Bulls utility JJ Engelbrecht, on the replacements bench.
Frans Steyn, back at inside centre, plays in his 50th test match.
Boks v Argentina:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (capt), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21Pat Lambie , 22 JJ Engelbrecht